Jury re­tires to de­lib­er­ate on its ver­dict in Tyler trial

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

THE jury has re­tired to con­sider its ver­dict in the trial over the death of Tyler Whe­lan.

The eight men and four women started their de­lib­er­a­tions yes­ter­day at Cam­bridge Crown Court.

Dur­ing the case they have heard how Elvis Lee – five year old Tyler’s mother’s part­ner at the time – has ad­mit­ted man­slaugh­ter af­ter kick- ing the boy in the stom­ach on March 7 last year. Lee (34) of Crab­tree, Pas­ton, de­nies mur­der and two counts of cru­elty to a child.

Tyler’s mum, Stephanie Whe­lan (27) who lived at Sheep­walk, Pas­ton, at the time of the in­ci­dent, de­nies caus­ing or al­low­ing the death of a child and two counts of cru­elty to a child.

The court has heard that Tyler died at 11.25am at Peter­bor­ough City Hospi­tal af­ter suf­fer­ing blunt force trauma in­juries to his head and ab­domen, which caused bleed­ing on the brain and a split small bowel.

The jury has also been told about a bro­ken leg Tyler suf­fered in a fall June 2010 and a groin in­jury in Oc­to­ber 2010, which form the cru­elty charges. It is al­leged Lee and Whe­lan failed to pro­vide Tyler with prompt med­i­cal aid.

Af­ter re­tir­ing for their de­lib­er­a­tions at 10.50am the jury re­turned to court at 4.30pm, where judge Mr Jus­tice Nicol sent them home for the week­end.

They will re­turn on Mon­day to con­tinue their de­lib­er­a­tions.

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